Any other local operate this event? I didn't find a single Michigan
Station "running" a frequency on either 80 or 40. I heard IAN, K8MM
doing S&P, but I never could attract his attention. And, I did hear a
fellow on 21 MHz working my friend WA8REI from Freeland, Michigan, but
never ran across him on 80 or 40. Oh, well, I had fun. QRP is fun in
this contest because of the 100 watt maximum limit.
North American QSO Party, CW - January
Class: Single Op QRP
Operating Time (hrs): 8 (A SWAG, someone tell me the place where N1MM
keeps track of "ON" times? I know it's there, but can't find it.)
Band QSOs Mults
160: 0 0
80: 75 32
40: 71 37
20: 46 21
15: 47 19
10: 11 5
Total: 250 114 Total Score = 28,500
Club: Mad River Radio Club
Comments: Sn*w and ice on the feeders (as high as 1" or more on flat
parts of the window line) and antenna wire (Guesstimate at more than ½"
in diameter on a 14 gauge wire) MIGHT have caused some lack of
performance, particularly on 14 thru 28 MHz. The LDG auto tuner could
find acceptable matching on all bands. Didn't think to deploy the end
loading part of the antenna for 160, so couldn't make it there.
Used "DUCK" in honor of K8DD (SK) and I'm sure there are some "busted
contacts" because folks would say "DICK ?" and I'd try to correct them,
but they'd proceed on.
NAQP is fun for QRP operation because the "BIG GUNS" are only allowed
100 watts, which makes it much easier to bust through a pileup. S&P
mainly, but was semi-successful "running" late in the contest on 80 metres.
80 and 40 were a bit noisy, perhaps from sn*w static - and was somewhat
surprised in being able to work some stations who weren't S9 +++ on
Thanx to the organizers of this fine contest!
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